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I feel lucky to be living in a time when David Fincher is making great films, dark, smart and now, funny. Gone Girl, Fincher’s highest grossing film to date, just sailed past the $165 million mark. If you’ve never heard Fincher speak about movies, you’re in for a treat. There are few films that have […]
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by Péter Szemmelveisz First of all, I have a confession to make : I resist this “Best Actress race is SO thin” line. I resist it because if we keep repeating it, it will take away from the glorious career moment of the winner (the best bet at the moment ...
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Director Rob Marshall has been credited for reviving the musical genre and bringing films like Chicago to the big screen. For his latest film, he adapts Stephen Sondheim’s beloved Into The Woods. Jazz Tangcay sat down with Marshall in a Beverly Hills hotel to talk about the film, social media, his thoughts ...
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(thanks to Paddy @screenonscreen) Best Film Gone Girl Best Director Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) Best Actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) Best Actress Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) Best Supporting Actor J. K. Simmons (Whiplash) Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year) Best Screenplay Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) Best Cinematography ...
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In case you haven’t been studying at the Oscar race for Best Picture for the last 16 years as I have, you might not remember why the Academy changed their rules in the first place. It was to cure the problem of so many genre movies with so few Best ...
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Kathryn Bigelow has seen Selma twice and did this Q&A with the director – DuVernay just posted this on Facebook.  She called DuVernay’s film “masterful,” and indeed, it is. DuVernay’s film is, like Bigelow’s work, visually compelling throughout, telling its story not just with dialogue but with expressions. It is ...
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The feds have just announced that they believe North Korea is indeed responsible for the Sony Hack which caused the studio, Sony Pictures, to ultimately pull the release of The Interview, which then caused a wave of uproar throughout internet channels and social media that our free speech was being ...
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You know Mommy was way “too much” for the conservative voters.  Ida will win this probably. Argentina, “Wild Tales,” Damián Szifrón, director; Estonia, “Tangerines,” Zaza Urushadze, director; Georgia, “Corn Island,” George Ovashvili, director; Mauritania, “Timbuktu,” Abderrahmane Sissako, director; Netherlands, “Accused,” Paula van der Oest, director; Poland, “Ida,” Paweł Pawlikowski, director; ...
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One of the strangest aspects of 2014 is how so many films have been harpooned by critics, especially those aimed for the Best Picture race. At the same time, Oscar bloggers have been winnowing down their list based on what they think milquetoast softies in the Academy, otherwise known as ...
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If you haven’t been listening to Serial, run don’t walk over to SerialPodcast and listen from Episode 1 on through to today’s final episode. A reporter named Sarah Koenig began Serial at the behest of a woman who wanted to try to help free a young man named Adnan Syed, ...
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You can watch the full video with commentary here: 1. Grand Budapest Hotel 2. Boyhood 3. Wild Tales 4. The Imitation Game 5. Ida 6. Citizenfour 7. Nightcrawler 8. The Immigrant 9. Mr. Turner 10. Selma
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I’m not going to write another think piece about The Interview. But you’ve heard the rallying cry from comedians and bloggers and critics and journalists by now. Their point being: don’t let the terrorists keep a dumb (if a bit subversive) comedy from the masses because you’re being threatened by ...
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The Oscar race has never been as divisive as it is in 2014, with factions splitting from the whole to create new worlds where film represents different things for different people. The critics have risen up agains the general consensus in a pronounced way, most notably by taking much of ...
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Best Film: Boyhood (Richard Linklater) Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood Best Actor: Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler Best Actress: Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood Best Original Screenplay: Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler Best Adapted Screenplay: Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, ...
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BEST PICTURE Birdman Boyhood The Grand Budapest Hotel BEST ACTOR Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler Michael Keaton – Birdman Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything BEST ACTRESS Julianne Moore – Still Alice Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl Reese Witherspoon – Wild BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Edward Norton – Birdman Mark Ruffalo ...
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Just like a lot of actors, Jason Hall came to Hollywood to be an actor. He appeared on TV’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer as Devon MacLeish. He went on to appear in other shows. In 2009 Hall wrote a screenplay, Spread starring Ashton Kutcher. In 2010 Hall heard about America’s ...
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2014 Winners The Phoenix Critics Circle proudly announces its winners for the best films and performances of 2014. Best Picture Winner – Birdman Other Nominees: Boyhood Grand Budapest Hotel Selma Whiplash Best Comedy Film Winner – Grand Budapest Hotel Other Nominees: Guardians of the Galaxy Lego Movie Obvious Child St. ...
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Now that the critics have mostly laid out their own chosen films for the year, the separation between industry and critics could prove most dramatic in 2014 than it has in a while. This, because many studio films are waiting in the wings that could position themselves in the race ...
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BEST PICTURE: Boyhood BEST DIRECTOR: Richard Linklater–Boyhood BEST ACTOR: Michael Keaton–Birdman BEST ACTRESS: Julianne Moore–Still Alice BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: J.K. Simmons–Whiplash BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Patricia Arquette–Boyhood BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Wes Anderson–The Grand Budapest Hotel BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Gillian Flynn–Gone Girl BEST ART DIRECTION: The Grand Budapest Hotel BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (TIE): ...

The State of the Race

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During out latest podcastof Oscar Poker, Jeff Wells and I contemplated the idea that this could be a year where the Best Picture race might depart from last year’s lineup ...
In this photo provided by the Producers Guild of America, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu accepts the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures for “Birdman” on stage at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for Producers Guild of America/AP Images)

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In a year where the outlook appeared to be barren without Breaking Bad and True Detective in contention, House of Cards began as the default Emmy consensus front-runner earlier this ...
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ADTV continues its Making the Case series with today’s entry for HBO’s Silicon Valley to win Outstanding Comedy Series. Clarence praises the shaggy-dog nature of the workplace sitcom and engaging ...
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The new offical U.S trailer for Macbeth has arrived, teasing epic battles. Michael Fassbender plays the menacing Macbeth and Marion Cotillard plays his scheming Lady Macbeth. Filmed on the Scottish ...
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The first trailer for Victor Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe as Igor and James McAvoy as Frankenstein has been unveiled by 20th Century Fox. You know the story, Doctor Frankenstein creates ...
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